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HER Number:MDV5961
Name:Enclosure north of Postbridge


Enclosure about 137m north west of postbridge bridge. Ovoid field on gently rising ground between the dart and the stannon brook. Traces of the ancient bank. No trace of hut circles.


Grid Reference:SX 647 791
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Possibly prehistoric oval enclosure at Ringhill

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW66
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442703
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/88
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OVAL ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Prowse, A. B., 1891, The Ancient Metropolis of Dartmoor, 309, plan (Article in Serial). SDV245176.

Remains of an enclosure about 150 yds. north west of the bridge at Postbridge (SX 64747911). The remains of the old bank are distinct in many places outside and closely following the present hedge. There are no traces of hut circles.

Royal Air Force, 1950, RAF/541/540, 3152-3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV285230.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX67NW66 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV247421.

(05/09/1978) At SX 64747911 is an oval enclosure 140.0m. by 80.0m. encompassing a low knoll. The perimeter consists of a spread earth bank up to 1.3m. high and 3.0m. wide at the base with some large stone revetting at the foot of the outer face. On the west and south-west there is simply a stone wall with an outer ditch. The enclosure now has a modern appearance and is ornamented with beech trees on the bank or just inside the wall.
Nevertheless, the situation and plan suggest that a prehistoric enclosure or field could have been utilized similarly to that at Ringhill (SX 67 NW25).
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on P.F.D.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, S. A. J. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(09/02/1989) SX 64747911. This feature is as described in 1978. The centre of the enclosure is now occupied by a small prefabricated building surrounded by young trees.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV245176Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1891. The Ancient Metropolis of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 23. 309, plan.
SDV247421Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX67NW66. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV285230Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1950. RAF/541/540. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 3152-3.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96448 ]
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. S. A. J. Probert.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8647 - Greyhound Farm, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:May 9 2023 10:42AM